Joseph Cirincione

Joseph Cirincione is the recipient of PSR-LA’s 2008 Founders Award. He is the president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, the author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, Spring 2007) and served previously as senior vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress and as director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for eight years. He teaches a graduate seminar at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has written over 200 articles on defense issues, produced two DVDs on proliferation, appears frequently in the media, and has given over one hundred lectures around the world in the past two years.

Mr. Cirincione worked for nine years in the US House of Representatives on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations, and served as Staff Director of the Military Reform Caucus.

In May 2004 the National Journal listed Cirincione as one of the 100 people whose ideas will shape the policies of the next administration. The World Affairs Councils of America also named him one of 500 people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy. He was featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary Why We Fight.

He is the co-author of Contain and Engage: A New Strategy for Resolving the Iranian Nuclear Crisis (March 2007), two editions of Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (2005 and 2002), Universal Compliance: A Strategy for Nuclear Security (March 2005) and WMD in Iraq, (January 2004).

He has held positions at the Henry L. Stimson Center, the US Information Agency, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Cirincione is an honors graduate of Boston College and holds a Masters of Science with highest honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He is happily married with two children. To learn more about Joseph Cirincione and the Ploughshares Fund, visit